Fresh out of blog post ideas? Coming up with your next awesome post can sometimes feel like you are chasing the wind. Your content needs to be relevant, timely and interesting enough to be able to draw visitors to your site that actually will read the material you provide. On top of that, you also need to craft search engine optimized, or seo articles in order to rank well with Google. Finding that perfect mix of the two can sometimes be quite a task.
Professional bloggers can often spin topic ideas off of questions and comments that are sent to them or posted on their blogs. But what if you are relatively new to the blogging world and are experiencing somewhat of a brain block?
Here’s an awesome and helpful tool for you: Google alerts. Hands down, Google alerts is one of the best tools for perusing through the latest and hottest content in the blogosphere that are directly related to your niche.
How do you use Google alerts? Easy. Simply enter the topic you wish to monitor by typing in a particular keyword phrase, include your email address and soon you will begin to receive email alerts on recently indexed posts relating to your niche. You’ll find yourself buzzing with new blog post ideas and have instant inside information to the newest trends in your market.
There is also an area to input the type of selection you want. Maybe you are only interested in alerts from news websites, blog posts or video blogs. There is also a period setting which is handy if you don’t want a continuous barrage unleashed into your inbox. You can set the alerts to arrive daily, weekly or as-it-happens. I use the daily option but if you want the news “as it hits the web” you may want to brave it and choose the as-it-happens option.
Tips to get the most relevant alerts? When setting up your Google alerts, make sure to use a small and precise number of keywords to get the most accurate results.
You can create up to 1000 alerts, but unless you have all day to read blog posts, I’d keep it to 5 or under. Be specific with a topic and keywords.
Just as a side note idea: If you are a business owner and want to know who is saying what about you, set one Google alert to your first and last name and one for your business name (including your city). If you own a franchiseone set up a seperate alert with only your business name so that you can be aware of all the news and views pertaining to your company as a whole.
Pretty cool stuff, huh? With this convenient tool, your next great blog post idea could be waiting for you right in your inbox.